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Abbott in first for Rapamune monitoring test:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Abbott Laboratories has launched what is claimed to be the first commercialised automated assay for the potent immunosuppressive drug, Rapamune. The IMx sirolimus assay, which has been released in all major countries except the US, where FDA clearance is pending, was developed by Anglo-Norwegian firm Axis-Shield. Axis will manufacture the test in its Dundee, Scotland facility. Rapamune, made by Wyeth, is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving renal transplants. Availability of the test will facilitate monitoring of sirolimus levels in transplant patients, which have to be properly maintained in each patient to optimise response, and may also encourage wider prescription of the drug in patients who may benefit from it, said Axis-Shield.

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